Bumpy Roads

I've got another great guest post for you today. Rev. Isaac Varner is one of my Arizona clergy friends (I sure do miss those guys!) and he just returned from a trip to Indonesia with Church World Service. I asked him to share a reflection on that experience, and here's what he delivered. 3A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven gr … [Read more...]

Annunciation

Today we have a guest post from Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton. She is, among other things, creative director of the SALT Project, "a not-for-profit project dedicated to reclaiming and sharing the beauty of Christian life through film, photography, music, poetry, and ideas."   And y'all...this little "Hamlet" video is the cutest ever. But it's not JUST cute. It is a powerful witness to the beauty of the gospel through the eyes (and voice!) of a child. Take a minute to watch, and then share around. B … [Read more...]

While We Wait

Holy smokes, where did this week go?? I cannot identify one thing on my calendar that took up a huge chunk of my time this week; and yet, here it is, Friday, my sermon's not done (as if it ever is), and I've only written one blog post this week. We will call it the black hole of Advent...when no matter how big a game you talk about living simply, moving slowly, and breathing peacefully, you somehow wind up out of breath, over booked, and way behind schedule.That said... instead of writing a … [Read more...]

Picture Perfect

After church yesterday, a small miracle occurred:  I got a good family photo. I mean, everybody was looking at the camera, everybody was smiling, everybody was wearing pants…this almost never happens. I have two small squirmy kids; a husband who is 17 inches (seriously) taller than me, so it is awkward getting us to fit in the same frame; and one or more of us is usually a hot mess in the clothing, hair and/or cleanliness department. Last year, we sent out a card with a pic of our son--wait for i … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Corn Mush and Depression Gravy

Thanks to Rev. Rachel Frey for this special Thanksgiving guest post. She is a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serving as a health care chaplain in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A native Texan, Rachel has acclimated to the cold of the Great White North, but not to celebrating Thanksgiving in October, as Canadians do. She and her family will be celebrating US Thanksgiving this coming Saturday, giving thanks for the abundant life they share, even for jobs that require them to … [Read more...]

$*^! Jesus Says: The Christmas Shopping Edition

An open letter (because the blogging world freakin LOVES open letters) to the American Family Association:Dear Affluent Straight White (Mostly Male) Christians:Nobody is persecuting you. And I mean, nobody.Encouraging Christians to boycott Radio Shack because the retailer features a “holiday” greeting instead of ‘Christmas’ wishes, is like refusing to wear pants because it’s cold outside.Or something.Here’s the thing: Jesus never in his life said, “Merry Me-smas.” He never mea … [Read more...]

More, Enough, and Plenty

For Monday of Thanksgiving week, I'm sharing some narrative biblical snapshots of the many ways in which God answers the human fear of scarcity with the sacred promise of abundance. For some great extended reading and reflection, I highly recommend Walter Bruggemann's "The Liturgy of Abundance, the Myth of Scarcity." Blessings as you practice gratitude this week, and "witness to the manna" of all God is doing in our lives, our families, and our congregations. The people of God … [Read more...]

Til Everyone’s Doing It

I received a pretty unpleasant email this morning; and I’m sure a few hundred of my colleagues  did too. It was from a man in Illinois who is deeply disturbed by the ‘all means all’ resolution that came out of the Disciples of Christ General Assembly. He sent a message to, I’m assuming, pastors whose contact info he could find online. He’s heard that “everybody’s doing it.” That all Disciples congregations now let LGBT people into membership and leadership. Using some turns of phrase like “gay su … [Read more...]

Guarding the Feast

As I settle into a new ministry in the Kansas City area, I’m getting to know the community. An important part of that is finding out what non-profits and service organizations are already doing for those in need. When I moved to Phoenix 7+ years ago, I did the same thing. I flitted happily about town, handing out business cards, collecting brochures, making bff’s with community relations folks in the various helping professions. For the most part, I found the local service facilities to be cle … [Read more...]


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